The Gunner by Eileen Earnshaw


The Gunner.


Below, the terrain, an intricate pattern

Square on square to the distant hills.

latitude, longitude, marked on a graph

a mint new morning in a sun blessed land.


A red dot indicates target locked on.

White noise and a steadying hum,

below, a wild and wanton flowering

eats the air and vomits smoke.


A target reached, a bomb released

duty to queen and country done

the gunner moves his index finger

a red dot indicates target locked on.



© Eileen Earnshaw     2020.

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